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13 Mystical Magical Jewelry Projects
13 Mystical Magical Jewelry Projects
Not Sure What Type of Chord or String to Use...
There are a huge assortment of bead stringing media available. Here is some info on just a few to consider for your jewelry making needs.
11 Super Simple Jewelry Projects for Beginners
11 Super Simple Jewelry Projects for Beginners
13 Jewelry Projects Made with Natural Elements
13 Jewelry Projects Made with Natural Elements
6 Steps to Soldering Jewelry
Here is a step by step description of how to solder metals such as silver to make jewelry
The Sparkle Factory:The Design & Craft of...
The Sparkle Factory: The Design and Craft of Tarina's Fashion Jewelry and Accessories is full of fun and kitschy jewelry design ideas.
Make Jewelry Now
Get started making jewelry now with this helpful hub of links to the basics of all kinds of jewelry making: bead stringing; bead weaving; wire work; metal clay; metal fabrication; metal soldering; fused and lampwork glass; and mixed media and fiber.
Trade Secrets Every Jewelry Designer Should Know
Have you ever thought about selling your hand-crafted jewelry to shops, boutiques, or galleries? My list of Dos and Don'ts when approaching retail outlets will help you get started.
Traditional Bead Knotting
Adding knots between beads is a way to add a special something to beaded jewelry pieces. This traditional method has been around for centuries, but you can learn how to do it too.
Wondering What Type of Wire to Use for Your...
What Wire for What? - Learn about the different types of wire used for jewelry making.
How to Make Elastic Bead Bracelets
Learn to make an elastic stretchy-style beaded bracelet. Once you see how easy it is, you'll want to make yourself a whole wardrobe of these for every outfit in your closet.
The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Using Metal and Clay
Find out what you need to get started making jewelry with metal clay.
Book Review: Jewelry Design Challenge
Jewelry Design Challenge published by Lark Books challenged 30 jewelry designers to use nine of the same materials plus one of their choosing to create some amazing jewelry designs.
Want to Be a Jewelry Designer? Here's What You...
Discover the very first step you need to take to become a jewelry designer.
Beads and Beaded Jewelry Bead Jewelry Lover...
It is all about the beads! Here is a collection of projects and information for the bead lover, focusing on beaded jewelry techniques and bead jewelry projects.
Beaded Ornament Cover
Use your beading skills to create this netted ornament cover from seed beads and tear drop beads.
11 Resin Jewelry Projects to Make
11 Resin Jewelry Projects. Jewelry Making.
How to Put the Right Price Tag on Your Jewelry...
Use this pricing formula to figure out how much to charge (both wholesale and retail) for your hand-crafted jewelry. Page 3.
Birthstone List
List of months and related birthstones for each month - very handy for making mothers' bracelets.
What Type of Soldering Torch?
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder.
Making Charms Using Lost Wax Casting
Through a technique called lost wax casting, you can create your own metal charms and pendants.
Bead Knotting for Cheaters
Start Knotting Between Beads. Jewelry Making.
How to Close a Crimp Bead
About Crimping Pliers. Jewelry Making.
Oxidizing with Silver Black
Silver Black is a product used by some metal workers to oxidize their finished jewelry. It's pretty easy to use, and it has an interesting affect on your metal jewelry.
Getting Started: Metalsmithing
Getting Started: Metalsmithing. Jewelry Making.
Getting Started: Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry.
How to Wire Wrap a Cabochon
This wire wrapping method works for wrapping a number of different sizes and shapes of cabochons, often referred as cabs.
Endless Knotted No Clasp Crystal Necklace...
Insert Corsage Pin. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Melting Jewelry Making Metal
Why can't you use a soldering gun or iron rather than a torch with a flame when soldering jewelry? Here's why! Page 2.
Making a Bead & Wire Chain
Learn to transform a little wire and a few beads into an awesome chain using this simple jewelry fabrication technique.
How to Cut a Hole in Glass
How to Cut a Hole in Glass. Jewelry Making.
Chain-Nosed Pliers
Chain-nosed pliers are a versatile hand-tool used for a variety of jewelry techniques, from wire work to beading.
Create a Wire and Bead Spider
A very popular project - here is a Halloween spider to make from wire and beads.
What Is Mother of Pearl - Real Pearls or What?
Mother of pearl is an amazing material for jewelry making. Learn more about this unique item, where it came from, and the various properties that define mother of pearl.
How to Use a Jig to Make a Wire Bracelet
Continue Jig Wire Wrapping. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
Tips for Packaging Jewelry When Selling On-Line
Creating a Jewelry Brand. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
About Metal Casting Services
So, you have an idea for a charm or pendant but need someone to make it for you? What do you do? Consider using the services of a metal casting company.
Crimp Bead Size vs. Beading Wire Size
What size crimp bead do you use with each different size of beading wire? I get this question a lot.
Easy Stone Setting
Setting stones doesn't have to be difficult. Here are a few tricks of the trade.
Jewelry Making Fuel Issues
The type of fuel you use is also an important element to consider when you select the proper type of torch to solder jewelry. Page 3.
Tips for Soldering Jewelry
Soldering jewelry doesn't have to be difficult, and to make sure you solder successfully, here are some tips to consider.
Metal Clay Firing Options
Depending on the type of metal clay you have, from original silver metal clay to copper metal clay, there are a number of options for firing it. This may include anything from a kiln to a simple hand-held torch.
Bead String Tools & Equipment
Learn about the tools and special equipment you need to get started stringing beads. Page 3.
Wire Wrapped Beads
This wire wrapping techniques allows you to connect beads together while also wrapping each bead with wire, creating a little wire cage for each bead.
What Is Swarovski Crystal?
Swarovski is a company famous for its crystal beads and jewelry components. Learn what makes Swarovski crystal beads and components distinguishable from other crystal beads.
Make a Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant
Even if you are a beginning glass artist, you can make this Dichroic Fused Pendant with just a small amount of supplies and little to no glass experience.
5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Vicki O'Dell helps narrow down the options for beginning jewelry makers in - 5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
How to Get Started Making Seed Bead Jewelry
You would be amazed at how little you need to start making jewelry using tiny glass seed beads.
Signing Your Jewelry
Sign your jewelry by using little metal tags. Here's some information and links to suppliers to help you either make or buy prefabricated tags.
How to Make Silver Bangle Bracelets
Only one solder joint is required to make these silver bangle bracelets. You'll want to make a few to wear and jingle on your wrist.
Bead Stringing Information & Projects
Learn about the different where to find more information and projects to get started stringing beads. Page 2.
More Metal Jewelry Resources
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder. Page 4.
Fixing Jump Ring Problems
Jump rings are very important jewelry components. This article covers not only how to make them yourself, but also how to make sure your jump rings stay attached to your jewelry.
Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Cut the Silver Sheet. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
What is a Cabochon or Cab?
Cabochons are a certain cut of stone that is used often in jewelry designs such as rings, pendants, bracelets, and necklaces.
I Want to Be a "Fine" Jewelry Designer
What is fine jewelry? What does it take to become a designer of fine jewelry? These are just a few questions I cover in this informative article.
Types of Wire: What’s the Diff?
What's the difference between gold and gold-filled wire? What is fine silver and sterling silver wire? Learn the differences between types of jewelry making wire.
October Birthday-Which Birthstone Do You Choose?
October Birthstone - Opal and Tourmaline
11 Woven Jewelry Projects to Make
11 Woven Jewelry Projects to Make
9 Pendants to Make this Weekend
9 Pendants to Make this Weekend. Jewelry Making.
Jump Ring Techniques
You need to make sure you properly open and close your jump rings. Page 3.
Snap-Tite
Learn to use a Snap-Tite setting. Page 2.
How to Create Home Studio for Fused Glass
If you’ve fallen in love with making glass beads or fused glass or if you’ve always wanted to try glass, then eventually you’ll need to create a place for yourself and your glass. Here are a few tips to help you create your own safe place to work with glass.
Flower Petal Ornament Cover
This seed bead ornament is designed to cover a standard glass bulb.
Macrame Knot Library
I’ve created this handy Knot Library to help you find and learn the knots you need for your macrame and fiber jewelry making.
How to Use a Bead Tip
Knot the Cord. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Making Jump Rings
Learn how to make jump rings. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
Make Your Own Ear Hooks
With practice, a few hand tools, and a little wire, you'd be surprised at how simple it can be to make your own jewelry findings. Ear hooks are one of the most often used findings, and they are one of the simplest to make also.
Making Wire Wrapped Loops
Start the Loop. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Earring Findings
Learn what an eye pin is and what it is used for in beaded jewelry making. Page 7.
Jump Ring Quality
What makes a quality jump ring? Jewelry Making. Page 2.
How to Weave a Beaded Ladder Stitch
The ladder stitch is a staple bead weaving stitch and surprisingly easy to do. This is a good stitch for beginners to tackle.
Beads and Findings for Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry. Page 4.
To Buy a Kiln or Not to Buy a Kiln
I get a lot of email concerning kilns. This is a big decision to make for most jewelry makers. Before you buy a kiln, consider some important questions you need to ask yourself.
How to Use a Bead Board
Learn to use a bead board with your bead stringing and beaded jewelry designs.
Make a Hook and Eye Clasp from Wire
You will be amazed how simple it is to make your own hook and eye clasp using wire and a few hand tools.
Make Beautiful Jewelry with Buttons
Jewelry Making with Buttons
Winter White Pearl and Glass Bracelet
Winter White Pearl and Glass Bracelet
Resin Tutorials, Tips and Tricks
Resin Tutorials, Tips and Tricks
Easy Mount
Learn to set a stone in an easy mount setting. Page 3.
Seed Bead Earring Projects
Weave tiny glass seed beads into beautiful earrings.
Bead and Wire Angel
Use your wire skills, add a bead, and you have an adorable little angel ornament. You can also wear this on a chain or ribbon as a pendant.
What is Metal Clay?
This silver and gold clay is a great alternative for those who want to work with metal but not with a torch.
Tips for Baking Polymer Clay
It can be tricky to get your polymer clay pieces baked correctly, so here are some tips for success.
How to Cut a Stone Cabochon
Learn how gemstone cabochons, also call referred to as cabs, are formed and cut.
Get Started Making Wire Jewelry
If you have always wanted to make jewelry using wire, then this article will tell you what you need as far as tools to get started.
Getting Started - Finding Classes
If you want to learn how to make jewelry or just learn more about techniques you use now, then read this feature to find out how to locate classes near you
Definition of a Lariat Necklace
Learn about the lariat, an interesting style of necklace.
How to Bead Around a Cabochon
Glue Cab. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
What Is Base Metal Jewelry?
: As a jewelry maker, you may often hear the term "base metal" being used. Metals are obviously important
Gifts for Jewelry Designers
Share the wonderful world of jewelry making with friends and family through gifts every jewelry designer can use.
Wire Cutters
If you plan to work with wire, then wire cutters are going to be one of your most important tools. Find out what you need to know about selecting the best wire cutter for your needs.
Proper and Quick Jump Ring Techniques
This technique describes the old school method for making jump rings. Page 2.
Metal Clay Hot Pot
I heard a lot of pros and cons from various metal clay artists before I finally decided to try using a metal clay hot pot myself. Here are my thoughts on if this little pot has the right stuff.
Bead Stringing Findings
Learn how crimp beads are used with bead stringing. Page 3.
Why Use Simulated Stones?
Is it a good idea to use gemstones in your jewelry or not? Why even consider using simulated stones?
Bead Weaving Fringe Earrings
Ladder Stitch Bead Section. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Trash to Treasure Jewelry - Jewelry Made With...
Trash to Treasure Jewelry - Jewelry Made With Recycled Items
10 Tips for Working with Chain
Prefabricated chain is a handy component to include in your jewelry creations. Here are some tips to consider when working with chain.
Display, Show and Give Your Handmade Jewelry...
Creative Jewelry Displays. Jewelry Making.
Types of Solder
Learn about the different types of solder used for soldering metal jwelry such as gold and silver, medium and soft, and sheet and wire.
Using a Ring Jig to Make Jump Rings
Here is yet another method for making jump rings. These instructions include using a bench vice and ring jig.
Stringing Mediums for Beads
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry. Page 5.
Fine Jewelry Designing
Take the first step to becoming a fine jewelry designer. Page 2.
If You Post on the Jewelry Making Forum, Be...
Our Jewelry Making Forum is a wonderful place to talk about jewelry making, but before you jump into the conversation, it's a good idea to be familiar with our rules and guidelines.
Hematite - What Is Hematite?
Hematite is a very popular gemstone, but what exactly is it?
Software for Serious Jewelry Designers
Jewelry designers need all the help they can get when it comes to getting organized.
Battle of the Wire Jewelry Jigs
A group of did some usability testing on a variety of different wire jewelry jigs. These are our findings.
Elastic Pearl and Birthstone Bracelet
Elastic Pearl and Birthstone Bracelet
How to Tie a Josephine Knot
Cord Goes Up and Over. Jewelry Making. Page 3.
Jewelry Hang Tags and Earring Card Tips
Learn how to make your own or get someone else to help you design your own hang tags and earring cards.
7 Easy Ways to Sell Your Jewelry After Show...
7 Ways to Sell Your Jewelry After Show Season
Tips for Making Threader Earrings
Have you made any threader earrings yet, or are you thinking of making yourself a pair soon? If so, then you'll want to take a look at some of these ear thread tips compiled from the Jewelry Making forum. Some are tips from me and some are tips from forum members.
Simple Loop aka Unwrapped Wire Loop
This basic wire technique is sometimes called the simple loop or the unwrapped loop technique. Whatever you call it, this method is a staple technique for wire work when you want to connect jewelry components.
Stone Setting Results
This is an example of one easy stone setting ruby pendant. Page 4.
10 Knockoff Jewelry Projects You Will Want to...
10 Knockoff Jewelry Projects. Jewelry Making.
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet. Jewelry Making.
Jewelry Repair Example
This feature explains some repair tips and describes a repair job I completed once as a way to give you an idea of how to approach offering your own jewelry repair services.
Macrame Hemp and Toggle Clasp Bracelet
Macrame Hemp and Toggle Clasp Bracelet
Crystal Badge Lanyard Necklace
More and more of us these days are required to wear badges where we work, but just because we have to wear something utilitarian around our necks doesn’t mean they can’t also be attractive as well as a functional piece of jewelry.
What Is Resin or Two-Part Epoxy?
Learn about resin also referred to sometimes as two-part epoxy and how it is used in jewelry making.
Cover Your Crimps!
What a fabulous idea: covers for your crimp beads! It's about time too! Learn how to use these cool covers to disguise your crimp beads and add a special touch to all your jewelry designs. - Step #1. Page 2.
Buying Jump Rings
You Can Buy Jump Rings. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
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